Best African music styles

1. Soukous – French speaking Africa

Soukous is a genre of dance music[1] that originated from Cuban Rumbamusic in the Belgian Congo and French Congo during the 1940s and gained popularity throughout Africa.

Soukous is known as Congo in West Africa and Lingala in Kenya, Ugandaand Tanzania after the Lingala language of the lyrics. In Zambia and Zimbabwe, where Congolese music is also influential, it is still usually referred to as Rumba. Today, it mixes the kwasa kwasa with the fast tempo zouk style and Congolese rumba. It is also an individual dance.

2. Ambiance Mapouka Cote D’Ivoire

3. South African jazz or Mbaqanga is a style of South African music with rural Zulu roots that continues to influence musicians worldwide today. The style originated in the early 1960s.

baqanga developed in the South African shebeens during the 1960s. Its use of western instruments allowed mbaqanga to develop into a South African version of jazz. Musically, the sound indicated a mix between western instrumentation and South African vocal style. Many mbaqanga scholars consider it to be the result of a coalition between marabi and kwela. ASouth African tourist website sponsored by the government describes mbaqanga as “the cyclic structure of marabi . . . with a heavy dollop of American big band swing thrown on top.” Mbaqanga also provided a very early forum for black and white interaction in a segregated country. As a result, the “white Nationalist government brought this vital era to an end” by razing the townships that supported mbaqanga such as Sophiatown.[5]

The genre gained popularity as a result of radio play by stations under the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Early artists included Miriam Makeba, Dolly Rathebe and Letta Mbulu. Mbaqanga maintained its popularity until the 1980s when it was replaced by South African pop music known as bubblegum. Bubblegum is a genre highly influenced by mbaqanga. One of the few remaining mbaqanga bands is The Cool Crooners. This band consists of a coalition between two rival bands that eventually merged: The Cool Four and The Golden Delicious Rhythm Crooners.[1][6]

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Dark City Sisters – Umkhwekazi

4.Ghanaian Highlife

5. South African house

6. Coupe Decale – Abidjan

Coupé-Décalé is a type of popular dance music originating from Côte d’Ivoireand the Ivorian diaspora in Paris, France. Drawing heavily from Zouglou andZouk with African influences, Coupé-Décalé is a very percussive style featuring African samples, deep bass, and repetitive, minimalist arrangements.

7. Kuduro – Angola

8. Afrobeat – Nigeria

Afrobeat is a combination of traditional Nigerian and Ghanaian music, jazz,highlife, funk, and chanted vocals,[1] fused with percussion and vocal styles, popularised in Africa in the 1970s. Its main creator was the Nigerian multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Fela Kuti, who gave it its name,[1] who used it to revolutionize musical structure as well as the political context in his native Nigeria. It was Kuti who coined the term “afrobeat” upon his return from a U.S. tour with his group Nigeria ’70 (formerly Koola Lobitos). Afrobeat featureschants, call-and-response vocals, and complex, interacting rhythms.[1]

9. Nigerian Pop



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